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Call For Artists

 To apply for our upcoming show 'Shimmer' please click here

Abrams Claghorn 4th Annual Emerging Artists Program

(A Professional Development Course, Followed by an Exhibition)

March 22 - June 30, 2022


Seeking emerging artists with little to no exhibition experience.  

Abrams Claghorn Gallery is excited to announce our 4th annual professional development course. The course is designed to mentor and prepare selected artists for a gallery show.

3 to 5 selected artists will work with industry professionals to develop a body of work, write and refine their artist statements, and learn all the skills necessary to conceive, construct and present a professional, gallery art exhibit. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will show their work in the gallery at Abrams Claghorn.

Entry Procedure

Submit each of the following by March 6, 2021:

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  1. A concept summary/proposal for a solo show. The work in the show can be in any material, 2D, 3D, or video. The concept does not have to be fully refined, as we expect it to evolve as you work on the project.
  1. A portfolio of 5-10 images of recent work.

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In order to fairly and accurately assess the applicant’s work, we are asking to see the applicant’s completed artwork only so as to fairly and accurately assess its quality. The artworks in the application do not necessarily have to coincide with the theme of the proposed exhibit. The expectation is that most, if not all, of the work, will be made after acceptance to our professional development program.

Fee upon selection: $500; collected fee will cover the cost of instructors hired to support selected artists’ professional development. One scholarship of $500 may be awarded, based on the needs of the artists chosen. Abrams Claghorn Gallery will also work with these individuals to help find grants to help cover materials and other costs of creating work for the exhibition.

The Process

Throughout the months before the show’s opening date, selected artists will:

  • Develop their body of work with feedback from panel of artists and Gallery professionals
  • Attend bi-weekly Zoom studio visits with experienced professional artists
  • Develop their artist statements, bios, and other promotional materials

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About the Gallery

We believe that everyone has a unique story to tell through creative expression, and since April 2015, Abrams Claghorn Gallery has exhibited both fine and functional artworks created by varied and unique Bay Area artists. We present over 70 local makers in our diverse collection of home goods and art for sale., that rotate monthly. We are proud to feature local and emerging artists, and to showcase works that allow the artists to focus on concept and masterful craftsmanship.

Abrams Claghorn Gallery is dedicated to being inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, and immigration status.